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I swear, RENEW GOLD is like THE BEST THING EVER…!: I can put all of MamaTess’ bad tasting meds in a very small amount and she BEGS for more! …Licks her bowl! (Not an advertisement)






As most of you know, Mama Tess is on several therapies and medications daily   (hence why I keep selling all my jewelry… ;)

…and the medications she can smell a mile away…

Now, the fact that she hates the taste of some of her meds would normally make me reconsider them and try to figure out why she hates the taste.

But, after a year and a half of administering different medications and herbal tinctures, I have found that some medications are life-changing and she just has to eat them.

No ifs, ands or buts.

(As an aside, I’m all for cleansing and eating naturally – which in turn makes the body healthy.  I juice daily and eat just about nothing that is bad for me… But, I still recognize the benefit of Western Medicine when needed.  And Tess has been very, very sick…)

So besides excellent foods, I have to figure out ways to get those life-changing meds INTO my precious Queen.

Unfortunately, her meds don’t taste very good.  Prascend is the worst.  I was having to use mountains of auxiliary food to disguise that tiny, bitty (and bitter) crushed pill.  It became a game.  She wouldn’t eat anything if she tasted the slightest hint of the vulgar Prascend.  With great aplomb, she would pick up her bowl and fling it.

The Doxycycline looks like phosphorus or powdered Gatorade.  She ate it for a day or two but then turned up her nose.

Equioxx is the least of the offenders but… she still didn’t like it.

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This is MT tonight at dinner… She is quite particular about what she will eatl. Of the foods she can eat, I prepare them exactly how she likes them.  She has trained me well!

 

THE PROBLEM – how to get the meds inside the mare?!

I couldn’t get any of these particular meds to dissolve well in a syringe.  And I think a syringe of Prascend is even worse than the powder because when I tried (it ended up all over me…) I got stink-eye for an entire day.

The amount of Doxy powder needed was impossible for me to administer via syringe.  I’d have to sedate her and I think she’d still manage to hold her breath and spit it out.

I ended up having to hide the powder in her food – which she’d discover anyway and dump.

Not good for her recovery or my pocketbook…

Not only that, ultimately, the worse part… she wasn’t being dosed properly.

This is her tiny bowl of Renew Gold and her meds.  That is her big nose trying to get every last drop!

This is her tiny bowl of Renew Gold and her meds. That is her big nose trying to get every last drop!

SOLUTION! (No affiliation)

I know there are Founder, Cushings and Insulin Resistant (Tess has all three) folks out there who will run away screaming when I tell you all what I’ve decided to do – that is working for me…

I’m giving MT a cup of Renew Gold, mixed with all of her meds, in a tiny rubber bowl – twice a day.

And she eats every last morsel in about 30 seconds flat!

Done.  Dosing is accurate.

This stuff is great and she'll eat every last drop!  I give her a cup with her meds and it is all gone in 30 seconds!  (No affiliation)

This stuff is great and she’ll eat every last drop! I give her a cup with her meds and it is all gone in 30 seconds! (No affiliation)

WHY SOME WILL BALK AT THIS…

Renew Gold is a remarkable feed with Cool Stance (coconut) – which does wonders.  But, it is based in stabilized rice bran, which is not good for Founder, IR or Cushings.

However, for me, I feel it is worse to not get the meds inside of her accurately, than it is to give her 2 cups of Renew Gold a day.

I’ve been caring for this girl for so long, the LAST THING we need is for her to fall backwards because she won’t eat her meds.

So, that was my decision… and it is working!

Here is Tess yesterday, she continues to walk across the rock driveway and stroll around the ranch!

Here is Tess yesterday, she continues to walk across the rock driveway and stroll around the ranch!

TEST

Last week or so, I told you that I was putting her back on FDA approved Prascend instead of compounded Pergolide.  I have also decided to put her back on Doxycycline after being off for a year.  And, I’m using Previcox instead of Bute because it is more focused and easier on the stomach.  (I also use Anti-Flam by Omega Alpha daily.)

And, she’s better.

This is Tess up by Finn's pasture - it is uphill and not easy!

This is Tess up by Finn’s pasture – it is uphill and not easy!

MAMA TESS TODAY…

MT is really happy.  Every time I checked on her today, she was out and about – visiting others and trying to find any little morsels on the brown lawns.  She is lame, no question, but she is happy and motoring around – being a horse again.

I am A-M-A-Z-E-D.  Totally.   I never thought she would rebound so well after her very difficult trailering episode last week.  (You can read about it here.)

Between the new meds and the new consistent dosing, things are looking UP!

Here she is on her way up to the house.  You can see leaves in her hair because she has ROLLED!  Amazing.

Here she is on her way up to the house. You can see leaves in her hair and stuck to her side because she has ROLLED! Amazing.

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Mama Tess’ Treasure Chest opens!

Today we have two, very sweet, summery beachy, ice-creamy simple crochet necklaces with graduated Czech glass beads and Sterling button at closure.  They are sold separately but can be worn together!  Perfect for back to school!

To Purchase caramel rose and burgundy necklace 15″ for $25, click here!

To Purchase sweet creamy pink graduated 17″ necklace for $25, click here!

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CLICK IMAGE to see more -  it changes daily!  Thank you!

CLICK IMAGE to see more – it changes daily! Thank you!


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RESPIRATORY ISSUES? A READER TELLS HER DRAMATIC STORY OF HOW A NEBULISER FIXED HER UNFIXABLE HORSE!






If a horse has a miraculous recovery from a non-recoverable issue, I want to tell the world!  So please forward this!

CHRONIC RESPIRATORY ISSUES?

Does your horse suffer from chronic respiratory issues?  Coughing, wheezing, can’t get enough air… when exercising or not.   Are you soaking hay, constantly cleaning stalls and walls, frustrated with bedding, using steroids?…

This is not my story.  It is a story from a reader who was at wits end.  She was told her young horse had COPD and would never recover.

But, he did!

After 4 years of respiratory battle and a condemnation of COPD, no work and an early demise, Trusty is back on track and working again!!

After 4 years of respiratory battles – with a diagnosis of  COPD, no work and an early demise, Trusty is back on track and working again!!

TRUSTY’S STORY  (edited from original)

In the owners words…

I bought Trusty, a Gypsy Vanner, as a weanling.  He was fine when I got him.

then he went to training for the months of January February and March . When he came home, he began coughing like clearing his throat cough had yellow droplets in nostrils . I didn’t get excited about it he was eating playing acting normal . Then he developed a green discharge and a temp

Had vet come she gave antibiotics shots and said probably got something at the farm.  He seemed to improve and was fine the rest of summer then in fall he started a small cough and those funny yellow droplets.   I called the vet and picked up some antibiotics. He recovered again. Then was fine for 8 weeks and would start again. Vet came out took blood and blood work came back with elevated white blood cells not off the charts but slightly high and he had a fast heart rate.   Nothing made sense to her so we watched – then this went on all winter long off and on he had some sinus drainage.

As soon as spring hit he became really bad where his nostrils were flared like he was running for his life trying to suck air but couldn’t get any!! So I call vet she came out gave him dexamethosone antibiotics and antihistomines and
was on rest.  She wanted an accounting of all his activities and said that he had a chronic condition and said he would be on meds for the rest of his life:(.

I asked what was the cause – she said grass, hay, air…   she suggested I keep him outside all the time!  So I searched the internet and found the jiffy hay steamer bought one and began steaming hay! I also found in my research that a dirt floor install was bad so I bought matts. I also found in my research that wood shavings saw dust was not great either. That’s when I found STRuFex which is a pelleted straw was less dusty and made by mixing straw with water boiled at 180 degrees and they added lavender for bug control and oils so it didn’t linger in the air. Plus I moved all the hay out of the barn on a pallet covered it with a tarp. Then went on a search to find the best hay.   So with all that I was able to keep him off medications free from any problems till last year when he turned 5. We started at a new facility which had there indoor connected to the barn and barn had hay.

He was going great in the training until May and he started will that funny little cough.  I wasn’t sure if it was the hay on the floor or was it the dust in his barn ? So I would empty his stall and wipe walls down and wash cement all with white vinegar as that kills molds and mold spores.

One day after training took him to grandmas to mow the lawn and he started coughing and I was putting fly spray on at same time. So I thought it was fly spray.  But by the time he got home he was in full blown wheezeing coughing so hard I thought he would fall
down stamping front his feet.  He had a fever of 105 !  So I called the vet! She came out. And took his vitals – breathing, heart, temp all were bad !

He got dexamethosone antibiotics and ventipulmin syrup!  He got better but no training at all -ever again.  The vet said he has COPD – sorry it will only get worse with age. :[. That was the saddest thing.  I didn’t want to believe ! So I scrubbed and I got a vacuum that was attached to the wall so I could vac instead of sweep clean all dust from ceiling etc. etc.

We would have continued spells were he would be back on dex and ventipulmin for ten days – he was better but his breathing never returned to a restful state where he wasn’t flaring or coughing and you could see his sides puffing his ribs were flared and he was forcing the air out and getting a heave line.

And that’s when the vet said I think a nebulizer would help him. Buy one and I will write the rx for the puffer stuff and that will be a better way to treat him as we were concerned about steroids.

So I called and talked to the guy that invented the EquiSilver Nebuliser.  He gave me the pitch that he is a fabulous guy treats camels, race horses and he said this is all-natural won’t interfere with melds and was cheep compared to the steroids and meds commonly used to treat this problem.

He also asked about Trusty’s problems and said he would respond quickly he thought and didn’t feel he had real COPD . So I said ok send some I will give it try.

So the EquiSilver Nebuliser arrived and I must say I was a skeptic – wasn’t even going to try the silver stuff.  I went to work getting my horse used to the nebbie.   Once he was used to it I had him stand with it on and I put the silver solution in and away we went!

The first three days we did it twice daily . By the first 24 hours it was clear it was helping his breathing was almost normal! – By the third day his breathing was normal !!! He still coughed but it was as if he was breathing deeper and when he did he was moving the bad stuff out! By day four he no longer coughed during his exercise and now I am just doing his treatment once daily and I hope to be able to do it every other day or 3 days a week!

This is a miracle device for Trusty. 

And another thing, I never knew he had a voice!  And now, he is talking up a storm! I get a shout out from him every time he sees me. I hope this helps every one who has had a horse with these symptoms. He is training every day now. Cough free !  A robust walk and picks up the trot with out hesitation.  Where before they called him lazy and lacking a work ethic.      He just couldn’t breath!

TRUSTY WAS A HORSE WHO WAS CONDEMNED TO NO WORK AND COPD!

I was very moved by this story…

Not only had the owner done everything possible to help this horse, but she went deeper and farther on her own to find a cure.

If your horse has similar issues, perhaps a nebuliser would work!

I had never even heard of a nebuliser previously!

EQUISILVER FLEXI NEBULISER – No affiliation

This is the product that our reader purchased.  Here is the link to the webpage.

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Click to visit webpage to read more.

Please forward this so other owners with suffering horses may find a cure!

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MAMA TESS’ TREASURE CHEST IS OPEN ONCE AGAIN!

Today we  have three more natural stone pendants made especially for MT from my jeweler friend in the UK!

Each comes on a 24″ chain.  These are great alone or layered!  Crystal Quartz, Green Aventurine and Golden Citrine!

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(*if the link doesn’t work, then the item has sold!  Thank you!)

–ONE QUARTZ FOR $38 click here to purchase:   SOLD!  THANK YOU, MARSHA!


–ONE GREEN AVENTURINE for $38 click here to purchase:  SOLD!  THANK YOU, CHERIE!


–ONE CITRINE for $38 click here to purchase:
  Sold!  Thank you, Karen!

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See all of MT's Treasure Chest jewels here!  All proceeds help to pay for her medical expenses!  Thank you!

See all of MT’s Treasure Chest jewels here! All proceeds help to pay for her medical expenses! Thank you!


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